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Sony hires Sky’s Comiskey as UK country manager

Sony Pictures Television has named Sky’s Holly Comiskey as country manager for the UK and Ireland. Comiskey joins SPT in January and will report to Mark Young, regional executive VP for Western Europe. In the new role, Comiskey will have oversight of television and home entertainment distribution as well as SPT’s networks in the UK […]

Sky drama head moves to Netflix

Sky UK’s head of drama Anne Mensah is to exit the company for Netflix and will be succeeded by her deputy Cameron Roach. Mensah will join Netflix as VP of content where she will lead the scripted series content team focused on UK productions, Netflix has confirmed. Based in London, she will oversee the team that […]

Comcast boss “convincing and relatable” as details emerge of Sky takeover

Comcast boss Brian Roberts has been described as “convincing and relatable” following a town hall presentation at Sky’s Osterley campus on Tuesday (November 6), as more details emerge about the US cable giant’s plans for the business.  Roberts is in London for a few days as part of a major European tour following Comcast’s US$40bn […]

Sky & ABC Australia pair for scripted comedy Frayed

Sky UK and ABC Australia have co-commissioned Frayed, a comedy drama produced by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman Television and Australia’s Guesswork Television. The 6 x 45-minute comedy is the first scripted collaboration between the two broadcasters and is now filming in Newcastle and Sydney, Australia, and London. Set in1989, Frayed follows Sammy Cooper (Sarah […]

Snap bets on local originals and media partnerships

Snap has revealed a slate of new UK shows coming to its platform through partnerships with the likes of Sky and Vice as it pivots away from commissioning producers.   Rami Saad, head of international content partnerships for Snap, revealed 16 new localised titles from The Guardian, The Culture Trip, Gleam Futures and long-term partners Sky […]

Comcast closes Sky purchase with a majority share

Comcast has closed its purchase of 21st Century Fox’s holding in Sky, with a 75% share in the company overall. With a majority stake Comcast’s ownership now becomes unconditional, with Sky’s listing on the London Stock Exchange set to be cancelled on November 7. In light of the news, James Murdoch has stepped down from […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Comcast, Sky and the Murdochs?

As 21st Century Fox walks away from Sky after selling its 39% stake in the business to Comcast, Ampere Analysis research director Guy Bisson predicts that Sky will transform – but don’t expect major changes. Believe it or not, but I was one of Sky TV’s very first employees. Back in the late 1980s while […]

21st Century Fox exits Sky by selling 39% stake to Comcast

21st Century Fox has agreed to sell its 39% stake in Sky to Comcast after the US pay TV giant emerged triumphant from an intense bidding process over the weekend. With the move Rupert Murdoch, who is chairman of 21st Century Fox, cashes out his interest in Sky – a company that he launched in […]

Comcast closes in on 40% of Sky shares days after $39bn bid

Comcast has bought up 36.95% of Sky just days after it dealt a knock-out $39bn bid for the pay-TV broadcaster. As of Wednesday (September 26), the business owns around 635m shares in Sky, according to an official statement from the London Stock Exchange, and is looking to make further market purchases at £17.28 per share. […]

Sky urges shareholders to accept Comcast offer

Sky has advised its shareholders to accept Comcast’s $39bn takeover days after the US telecom giant’s knockout bid for the business. In a statement released on Monday (24 September), Sky said: “As the price of the Comcast Offer is materially superior, it is in the best interests of all Sky shareholders to accept the Comcast […]

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